Cal-Washington Postgame Quotes

"It was a great week for us. I am really proud of our players because I thought we put ourselves in position to win two games. When in that position, we took advantage of the opportunity. The guys bel
By Cal Athletics on Sat, February 02, 2008

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California Head Coach Ben Braun

General Statement:
"It was a great week for us. I am really proud of our players because I thought we put ourselves in position to win two games. When in that position, we took advantage of the opportunity. The guys believed in themselves, each other. I explained to our guys after the game that if we can stay mentally strong, knock down free throws, we've got some guys that can make shots. When we had to, which was key for us this half, we came out and we corrected the first half challenge that I gave them at halftime about offensive rebounds - they got three offensive rebounds the second half. We did a better job of that and we got the ball in the hands of Patrick (Christopher) and Ryan (Anderson) and made sure that those guys had isolation in the two man game, so now that puts pressure on the defense in stopping those two guys."

On Correcting First Half Mistakes:
"We were impatient the first half, and I think we shot ourselves in the foot a little bit in the first half. I explained to our guys at half, I said, `Guys, even with giving up offensive rebounds, even taking some ill advised shots, being impatient, and not defending like we would like, we are still here and let's clean it up the second half, let's have a Cal second half.' I think we did that, our guys took the challenge the second half, and the game two nights ago wasn't that long ago and our guys went back to the feeling on the court down the stretch of the game. Hey, we are in position, let's get this game."

On Washington's Defense:
"(We made plays) in a tough environment against a team that doesn't lose very much at home, and against a really tough pressure defense. Take nothing away from Washington. They played great defense on us and put some great pressure on the ball. We had to dig deep to overcome their pressure, and our guys took that challenge on. Washington made it very difficult on us, and yet we were still able to shoot fifty percent for the game, and we were able to knock down some shots. That's what Washington does, they are solid. "

Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar

General Statement:
"Well, obviously a disappointing weekend for us. It's not how you envision the weekend going, come last Wednesday. Unfortunately it didn't work out. We struggled at the line, Jon Brockman picked up his third foul. We had someone waiting at the scorer's table waiting to sub for him and after that his fourth foul really hurt not having him in the basketball game. One stretch in the second half when they went on a roll, Ryan Anderson went off with the three pointers. They gained a lot of momentum, on one hand we came back fighting but at the same time I thought that was the pivotal point of the game. We still had ourselves an opportunity because we fought back to win, but we couldn't come up with that last rebound at the end."

On Patrick Christopher:
"Patrick's an interesting scorer, some guys are shooters, some guys are scorers. Scorers make shots -- maybe it's a three, maybe it's a running hook, maybe it's an offensive rebound, he's one of those players. We instructed our guys how to defend him and he went left and pulled up for a three. He had a lot of guts to take that shot. We obviously felt we had to guard Ryan Anderson with Christopher being their second option, he certainly hit a nice shot.

On Ryan Anderson's second half:
"Well, with him, we let it happen in the first half in transition. You can't let him get open in transition. They ran one set when we helped off of him. We weren't supposed to help, we weren't supposed to leave him. A few times throughout the course of the game, sometimes we had mental lapses. If he hits one in two, he's capable. He's a lot like Ryan Appleby, if he hits one or two, he can roll off 4 or five like he did against us and like he did against Washington State."

On 3-6 Pac-10 Record:
"I think we're a little more, though our record hasn't shown it, defined as to what we want to do. I think our roles are a little more solidified. We've just got to continue to work and find ways to score."

On Artem Wallace:
"Artem obviously was very good. I thought Artem took it upon himself to go out and I don't think he went out to score 17 points. I think he went out with just the right mindset. Just be very, very aggressive and we let him bang. That's what he did and I think it paid off for him and us."


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